What Should You Do?

by Krantcents · 30 comments

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What should you do is an important question!  This the most important question of your life.  It is a question that can be trivial such as what should you have for lunch or what should you do for the rest of your life?  The easy answer is finding something you love to do and you never work a day in your life.  Have you thought about it?  No, here is your chance!

Background 

I remember when I was a kid; I was free to dream about anything.  I could be a firefighter, doctor, business owner or anything I wanted.  What changed?  As you get older, it is a little more serious because you need to act on it.  Why should that change anything?  Life is too short to work at a job or career you do not like.  What is your excuse?  I don’t have the money or credit, it is the wrong time, or I do not know what to do.  Whatever the excuse, it is fear.

Over the years, I have talked to hundreds of people who are unhappy with their careers and they never pursued their passion.  Some know what they want to do, but never pursued it.  Others never took the time and effort to figure it out, complained all the time.  I tried to help the former by asking questions and avoided the latter.  Are you stuck in a job you hate?  Why not do something about it?  You can always find another job; it is a little harder to find what you will love.

How to Find Your Passion

I usually start with the question, what would you like to do twenty (20) hours a day?  Twenty hours a day!  Who wants to work twenty hours a day? Whatever your choice, it should be something you enjoy doing all the time.  For all you skeptics, think of something that you enjoy and all you need is someone to pay you to do it.  It may be a hobby, something you constantly read about, a subject in school, an interest, or something you have special skills or experience.  Wouldn’t that be a dream come true?  My top three (3) would be a Playboy photographer, yacht salesman or a writer.  I think I found my dream job, now  all I need is someone to pay me for it.

Start out small and do it on the side.  As it grows, you can invest more and make it full time.  That is exactly what I did!  I started investing in income property purely as an investment and grew it into a business.  It was the beginning of several businesses.  My Journey to Success chronicles my experience.  Now is a great time to invest in real estate with home values low and mortgage interest rates at sixty (60) year lows.  You can buy a house with only twenty (20) percent down, rent it out and make a profit.  When I bought my first apartment building, I had to invest thirty-five (35) percent to just break even.

One of the very best places to figure out what you want to do is college.  You have access to so many different classes, professors and information to help you think about it.  It is an opportunity to find out what you really want to do and try it out on some level.  In college, you can be a teaching assistant, get a fellowship, internship and find part time work.  Why not use this opportunity to find your passion?  What are you in college for, if not to find your career?  It may be a job, career or business.  Many professors have consulting businesses, connections with alumni and research projects that you may be interested in.

If you already graduated, you can still talk to your previous professors and make that valuable connection.  You can take more classes, research your interests and investigate opportunities.   Don’t wait too long or you will be looking in the mirror and asking yourself where your life went.  Look toward your network of friends to learn what they are doing and you may find a partner who wants to do something with you.  There may be opportunities in your own company to change roles.  You can always go back to school and earn a graduate degree (MBA).

Wrap Up

You have lots of choices and opportunities, if you look for it.  If you do not know what you want to do, you need to investigate and research the careers that you find interesting.  Just saying you do not know what you want to do is an excuse!  The internet is a great resource to start you thinking and plan your career.  The next step is to try it out before you actually commit to it.  It is a little like dating.  The more you can do before you put up your own money or spend more of your time doing is a win/win!  What are you waiting for?  The question is not what should you do, but how can you find out.

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AverageJoe June 13, 2012 at 6:52 am

“Playboy photographer, yacht salesman or a writer.” That’s the adult male version of “a cowboy, President, or a fireman.” Awesome. ;-)

I went back to school and took classes a couple years ago. I hadn’t remembered (until your post) just how much I got out of those. Focused learning is a powerful tool.

Krantcents June 13, 2012 at 7:25 am

My choices may be male oriented, but I was using a little free thinking. Figuring out what you should do is hard because we really don’t do as much investigation as we should. Selectively taking classes is one of the best ways to help you figure this out.

maria@moneyprinciple June 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Interesting! First, why twenty hours a day – I thought people are supposed to sleep, eat, go to the bathroom etc. This takes time, you know. Second, I didn’t realise that you are the latest Playboy photographer – congratulations! Just kidding, really. Enjoyed this one so…

Krantcents June 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I use 20 hours a day because it should be something you love so much that you occupy all your waking and some sleeping hours. The Playboy photographer or yacht salesman is probably a litlle bit fantasy on my part. The essence of the choices are careers that are so wonderful, you would love doing it. I love my career so much I think about it on my off time. I might see something on TV, in a book or magazine that I use for class. Now I do this fo r my blog as well. It is really hard to turn off enthusiasm!

Brent Pittman June 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Being free of debt and a pile of cash enables you to follow your passions much easier. I quit my day job 6 months ago and have been growing my streams of income since. Life is to short to work a job you hate!

Krantcents June 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I agree, I changed careers about 7 times. I really encouraged my children to find a career they enjoyed. It makes a huge difference.

Lance@MoneyLife&More June 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I believe that you have hit the nail on the head that it is really difficult to figure out what you want to do. If you never work toward figuring it out though you’ll resign yourself to your current path. Hopefully more people will work on figuring it out, but even once you get there the journey has just begun…

Krantcents June 14, 2012 at 6:27 am

There are plenty of opportunities to figure out what you want to do, if you use the opportunities. I think a lot of people select careers for the wrong reasons. Some pick careers to please their parents, for the money or they feel they do not have alternatives.

Kraig @ Young, Cheap Living June 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I see it said all over the personal blogging community that, “Life is too short to be doing something you hate”. But what if you don’t hate it? What if you like what you do but just feel like there is more out there for you that you would love even more? Honestly, sometimes posts about quitting your job and getting out there and trying new things may convince you do to the wrong thing. I think some people are easily talked into throwing a steady paycheck away in order to pursue something that is very risky. Sometimes, it ends up being a good decision and sometimes not. All in all, I still agree with you that you should never settle, but continue to look for doing what you’re passionate about. I just feel that we should all be careful when making those moves.

Krantcents June 14, 2012 at 6:29 am

I think all big decisions should be thought out and researched. A career is probably one of your most important decisions. I think too many people spend about 30 minutes thinking about their career. They are pressured to find a job after high school or college. Look forward 5 years and think about where you want to be!

Roshawn @ Watson Inc June 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I love you passion description. I think the “20 hours a day” description is just a perfect way to illustrate that your passion is virtually inexhaustible, at least in your mind. When we’re that excited about our passions, it is hard to contain them. There’s an energy and charisma that follows. Oh, how we need more passionate folks!

Krantcents June 14, 2012 at 6:31 am

Passion usually comes out naturally when you like what you are doing. The hard part is to find what you like to do! Is it the chicken or the egg? Does passion come first or liking what you do?

Katie June 14, 2012 at 4:16 am

I know what I want to do, I am just trying to work myself up to the point where I have enough savings to do it. As far as my day jobs, I like the just fine, I just don’t love them. I have my plan, if I can just stick to it, all will be well.

Krantcents June 14, 2012 at 6:34 am

You have a good start! A goal and a plan are exactly what you need to reach your goal. Good luck.

Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter June 14, 2012 at 7:47 am

It has been a long journey for me in figuring out what I want to do but I am close to it now. I ended up going back to school to increase my skills and knowledge and it paid off. I think what helped me is allowing time to pass to see what I enjoyed and what I was good at. This is really important. If we rush this process we can often end up unhappy later on.

Krantcents June 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Investigating career choices takes time, a lot of time to figure out what you like and do not like. It is good that you realized that and and added the skills you need.

From Shopping to Saving June 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

I have thought about this a lot, but I think I am pretty close to what I want to be doing. I love my job, but there isn’t much advancement without acquiring post-secondary education. I finally figured it out after realizing that I do not want to live with regrets. We only live one life, why not make the best of it doing something you actually enjoy?

Krantcents June 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm

This is the other part of the career choice! You can be in the right career and the wrong company. Environment does matter. Just remember that each positive step brings you closer to wher eyou should be in life.

Cil Burke June 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Terrific post, as is obvious in the comments. Your last comment about how can you find out what you love to do is a problem for many of us. There are so many things I enjoy doing, but 20 hours a day? Anyway, I totally agree, one should seek a job that one enjoys.

Krantcents June 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Of course, 20 hours a day is an exaggeration! I like my career well enough to get up early (before 6 AM) and still think about until I go to sleep after 11 PM. No, it is not 20 hours, but I spend a lot of time thinking about it.

Barbara Friedberg June 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm

There may not be one “right” answer. Make your best guess, and adjust as you go forward, is my advice.

Krantcents June 15, 2012 at 6:15 am

I agree, but it should be based on conscious well thought out decision rather than for the money, fame or it is just a job.

Paul @ The Frugal Toad June 16, 2012 at 6:48 am

I’m lucky in that I like my job, the problem is the pay is not that great. I am working hard at building other income streams to make up for that and trying to live a frugal lifestyle.

Krantcents June 16, 2012 at 6:51 am

If you are accumulating good experience, you can always leave at a future time for the money. The other alternative is to go out on your own.

Bret @ Hope to Prosper June 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I am very fortunate to make a good living and enjoy my career. Yet, I dream about making it out on my own one day. I feel like my time is finally coming up, in a couple of years. Now, I just need to increase the side-income to a sustainable level.

Krantcents June 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Sounds like a plan! I started by investing in rental property and grew it into a business. I added businesses t it and created a nice lifestyle. Just work your plan and you will achieve your goal.

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